Their record is predictably terrible and the pitching staff has by far the highest ERA in the major leagues, but the Orioles have been more competitive in a lot of games than those two facts might suggest.
Their big first-inning comeback Friday night led to one of their most exciting and uplifting victories of the year, and not just because it was a statistical anomaly turned loose by two last-place clubs.
It’s because just about every regular in the Orioles batting order is either meeting or exceeding expectations.
Big deal, right? How hard could that be when the expectations coming into the season were so far below the equator?